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149. Antidepressant Withdrawal & Coming Off Antidepressants With Less Side Effects

In this episode, we talk about the experience of coming off antidepressants. It's important to note that there is a serious lack of attention and research on antidepressant withdrawal compared to starting these medications. We'll talk about  the challenges of withdrawal symptoms, the importance of patient voices in healthcare research, and best practices for tapering off medications. We'll also touch on some natural ways to support the serotonin system during withdrawal, such as using supplements like 5-HTP. We hope this episode helps spread information about the realities of antidepressant withdrawal and that folks can have a more well-informed approach in collaboration with healthcare providers to navigate this process with less negative symptoms.


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Key moments:

00:00 Welcome to Joy Lab
00:39 The Underdiscussed Journey of Coming Off Antidepressants
00:55 Exploring the Science and Studies Behind Antidepressant Withdrawal
01:57 The Importance of Patient Voices in Healthcare Research
02:37 Clinical Observations on Antidepressant Withdrawal
04:07 Best Practices for Tapering Off Antidepressants
06:25 Understanding Hyperbolic Tapering and Its Challenges
12:04 Navigating the Emotional and Physical Challenges of Withdrawal
17:44 Supporting Yourself Through Withdrawal: Strategies and Supplements
20:07 Closing Thoughts and Inspirational Words


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